Philippines defends anti-terror law before US Congress

Philippines defends anti-terror law before US Congress

The Philippines has told the US Congress that political freedoms and human rights will be respected as concerns linger over a new anti-terrorism law that takes effect on Saturday. Philippine President Duterte early this month signed the bill, which has since been condemned by critics as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech. The letter was sent to 50 US representatives dated July 16.

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Why is it necessary to worry about these Acts? Take a look at India which has the equivalent of this law and is called the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The earlier version of this Act had 4% of the arrested people being charged as guilty and this newer, amended bill, allows for the government to proscribe any individual as a terrorist, sending them to pre-charge detention of 90 days for 'investigation purposes'. And India is using it right now to target political leaders against the government and student activists.

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